Democrats decry the scourge of systemic racism. However, it seems the only place it actually exists is in their own policies.
A federal judge ordered a temporary halt on a $4 billion relief program meant only to help farmers of color, the Daily Caller reported. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a group representing white farmers, filed suit in April to challenge the constitutionality of such criteria in a relief plan.
The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, would provide loan relief to farmers caught in the cycle of debt due to COVID-19 with preference given to non-white farmers and agriculture workers, according to NBC News. It was part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by President Joe Biden in March 2021.
However, Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin granted the temporary restraining on the program Thursday in anticipation of its eventual demise in challenges of equal protection violations. “Aside from a summary of statistical disparities, defendants have no evidence of intentional discrimination by the USDA in the implementation of the recent agriculture subsidies and pandemic relief efforts,” he wrote in his decision.
The judge said it was “a loan-forgiveness program purportedly intended to provide economic relief to disadvantaged individuals without actually considering the financial circumstances of the applicant.” As with many other of these supposedly anti-racist measures, all it does is shift the supposed disadvantage for minorities to a real disadvantage for white people.
“Congress can implement race-neutral programs to help farmers and ranchers in need of financial assistance, such as requiring individual determinations of disadvantaged status or giving priority to loans of farmers and ranchers that were left out of the previous pandemic relief funding,” Griesbach wrote. “But it cannot discriminate on the basis of race.”
The judge accused the administration of creating this new problem in pursuit of solving another. “The obvious response to a government agency that claims it continues to discriminate against farmers because of their race or national origin is to direct it to stop: it is not to direct it to intentionally discriminate against others on the basis of their race and national origin,” Griesbach wrote.
Rick Esenberg, WILL’s president and general counsel, was pleased with the suspension. “The Court recognized that the federal government’s plan to condition and allocate benefits on the basis. of race raises grave constitutional concerns and threatens our clients with irreparable harm,” he said in a Thursday news release. “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”
The lawsuit represented a dozen white farmers from nine states who felt this relief package was unfairly deferential to one race over another. Rather than eradicating racism or fixing some sort of injustice, the left seems only satisfied to favor one group while holding down another — which is exactly the ugliest expression of systemic racism there is.